Fish Physiology: Organic Chemical Toxicology of Fishes, Volume 33

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780123982544
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Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 17th December 2013
Page Count: 574
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Fish Physiology: Organic Chemical Toxicology of Fishes discusses the different types of organic chemical contaminants and their respective toxic effects in fish. The book also covers the detection of dissolved organic compounds and methods to assess organic toxicity. Substances addressed in this book include organometallics, hydrocarbons, endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs), insecticides, herbicides, and pharmaceuticals.

Fish are exposed to an ever-increasing array of organic chemicals that find their way into rivers and oceans. Some of these compounds are no longer being produced but nonetheless persist within the environment (persistent organic pollutants, or POPs). The exposure of fish to toxic organic compounds has potential impact on human, fish, and ecosystem health. Yet the regulations that govern environmental water quality vary worldwide, and compliance is never complete. This book provides a crucial resource on these issues for researchers in zoology, fish physiology, and related fields; applied researchers in environmental monitoring, conservation biology, and toxicology; and university-level students and instructors in these areas.

Key Features

  • Organized by type of toxic organic chemicals
  • Includes metals, POPs, EDCs, herbicides, insecticides, and pharmaceuticals
  • Measures toxicity in a variety of ways aside from lethality
  • Probes the toxic effects of compound mixtures as well as single pollutants


Researchers in zoology, fish physiology, fisheries biology, comparative physiology, and ecology; applied researchers in environmental monitoring, conservation biology and toxicology; university-level students and instructors in these areas.

Table of Contents



Abbreviations and Acronyms


1. Organic Contaminants and Fish

1 Contaminants: A Short Historical Preamble

2 Contaminant Toxicokinetics in Fishes

3 Predicting Contaminant Movement in the Environment and Fish

4 Quantifying Contaminants and Exposures

5 Conclusion



2. Effects of Legacy Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Fish—Current and Future Challenges

1 Introduction

2 Transformations of POPs in the Aquatic Environment

3 Endocrine Disruption

4 Effects on Early Development

5 Transgenerational Effects

6 Effects on Growth, Condition, and Energy Reserves

7 Effects on Reproduction

8 Immunotoxicity

9 Neoplasia and Related Pathological Conditions

10 Effects on Behavior, Including Foraging, Aggression, and Predator Avoidance

11 Risk Assessment Challenges



3. Organometal(loid)s

1 Introduction

2 Organic Mercury

3 Organoselenium

4 Organoarsenicals

5 Organotin Compounds

6 Other Organometal(LOID)S

7 Conclusions


4. Effects on Fish of Polycyclic Aromatic HydrocarbonS (PAHS) and Naphthenic Acid Exposures

1 Introduction

2 Transformations of PAHs in the Aquatic Environment

3 Hepatic Neoplasia and Related Lesions in Wild Fish

4 Effects on Reproduction

5 Effects on Embryonic and Larval Development

6 Transgenerational Effects

7 Other Effects with Consequences for Survival of Postlarval Stages

8 Naphthenic Acids as a New Concern

9 Future Directions



5. Estrogenic Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Fish

1 Introduction


3 Toxicokinetics

4 Mechanisms of Toxi


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"...a well-written synthesis of the literature created by an impressive panel of experts. It will have longevity on the ecotoxicologist’s bookshelf…"--The Quarterly Review of Biology, Organic Chemical Toxicology of Fishes